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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Amazing article that doesn't qualify

Here is an amazing article in USA Today that sadly doesn't qualify for the Amy Writing Awards. The piece, titled "Faith rebuilds house and soul," was written by Liz Szabo. Szabo's story documents to magnitude aith-based volunteers are having on rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

She writes:
NEW ORLEANS — Nearly two years after Hurricane Katrina, much of the city is
deserted. Broken glass hangs from the windows of office towers. Weeds flourish in front of boarded-up homes. In the Lower Ninth Ward, entire blocks have been obliterated, the houses carted away to the junkyard, leaving nothing but the square outlines of foundations and the squat, concrete steps that once led to front doors.

Yet many of those surveying this scarred landscape see reason for hope. It arrives, in wave after wave, on the sunburned faces and sweaty backs of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who come to rebuild the Gulf Coast. To many weary residents, every church van with out-of-state plates seems like a beacon of light, a sign they have not been forgotten.

Szabo quotes numerous survivors and volunteers who testify to the goodness of God in their lives because of the volunteer effort, but the article doesn't contain a quote of verifiable scripture. Still, the article draws people in and encourages the reader's faith. It is an excellent example of faith-based journalism.

Thanks, Liz, for a great story! Keep up the good work!


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